Pettit fought Arizona district

New Cove superintendent’s lawsuit put students’ rights first

Cove School District’s new interim superintendent, Earl Pettit, is no stranger to controversies. In past … Read more

Netflix show worth viewing

TV show ‘13 Reasons Why’ triggers key talks

Makila Tucker, a La Grande High School student who was the target of bullying in … Read more

Timber Cruisers car show winners named

The past became the present on July 16 on Adams Avenue under a cloudless sky … Read more

Fire destroys four barns at EOLS

Four barns at the grounds of the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show are completely destroyed after … Read more

POLICE LOG: July 24 2017

La Grande Police Department Arrested: David Alan Lillard, 29, unknown address, was arrested on a … Read more

OBITS: July 24 2017


George Zimmerman Union George Zimmerman, 66, of Union, died July 21 at his home. An … Read more

BRIEFLY: La Grande Shakespeare Co. launches season

The La Grande Shakespeare Company invites the community to its season launch party from 7 … Read more

Leukemia has outdoors lover stuck inside

Haydin Thompson, 6, is a true Northeast Oregonian. He loves to be outside, riding horses … Read more

Senior pass price to increase

National park senior pass price to jump 700 percent

BAKER CITY — The price for the lifetime senior pass to visit National Parks is … Read more

Greenway project’s future on the line

Island City must make a decision on ODOT grant by July 31

ISLAND CITY — The clock is ticking for Island City’s city council. The council must … Read more

No bag limit for trout at Marr Pond in Enterprise

Equipment malfunction will drain pond

ENTERPRISE, Ore.—Fishery managers have lifted the bag limit at Marr Pond due to a malfunction … Read more

County requests UCEDC records

Commissioners want financials before making funding decision

Union County Commissioner Donna Beverage said she will not support giving the Union County Economic … Read more

SPIRITUAL HIGHLIGHTS: Two services held on Sunday

COVE — The morning service at Calvary Baptist Church in Cove will begin at 11 … Read more

BRIEFLY: Friends invited to Willie Free’s birthday party

William “Willie” E. Free will celebrate his 90th birthday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. … Read more

POLICE LOG: July 21 2017

La Grande Fire Department The La Grande Fire Department responded to 12 calls for medical … Read more

Districts grapple with budget

State education budget could pose problems for smaller districts

On June 8, the State Legislature passed the K-12 biennium budget of $7.6 billion that … Read more

Tourism, construction led June job growth in Oregon

Oregon employers added 8,500 jobs in June, the largest monthly increase since February 2016, the … Read more

State championship game held tonight

The state championship of the Oregon Little League Tournament between La Grande and Beaverton will … Read more

Major road construction begins on Forest Road 3120

Project to make driving experience comfortable, according to officials

Road work on Mt. Emily could cause some problems for huckleberry pickers. The U.S. Forest … Read more

Eastern Oregon native gets political

Tucker Billman is the new field representative at Greg Walden’s office in La Grande

There’s a new face in U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s La Grande office. Tucker Billman, 22, … Read more

Council to make offer to Patterson

Former city administrator files tort claim against City of Union

UNION — The Union City Council took a step Monday night toward resolving the case … Read more

School to rent out dorms

EOU to offer lodging in student dorms for August eclipse visitors

A new lodging option for those visiting Eastern Oregon for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse … Read more

UPDATE: Micah West captured in Albany

A late-night hunger attack proved to be the downfall for one of the two juveniles … Read more

BRIEFLY: Fundraiser aims to help Thomas family

Bloomerang Flowers, of La Grande, has launched a fundraising effort to help the family of … Read more

Federal jury awards $1 million to La Grande couple who sued insurance company

Muller Engines owners took Country Mutual Insurance Co. to trial in federal court in Portland

PORTLAND — A federal jury awarded $1 million to a La Grande couple who sued … Read more

Wallowa County road set for repair

Sensitive area may be target for river restoration project

ENTERPRISE — A remote, yet well-traveled, Wallowa County Road will be under construction for the … Read more

Union makes progress with fire

Flood irrigation strategy has impact

Armed with an infrared heat sensor, City of Union firefighters and public works staff are … Read more

Lawmakers react to session

Hansell, Barreto hold differing opinions on successes of Legislature

Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, and Rep. Greg Barreto, R-Cove, have differing opinions of the accomplishments … Read more

POLICE LOG: July 17 2017

La Grande Fire Department The La Grande Fire Department responded to nine calls for medical … Read more

City hall relocated after blaze

Renovations of offices destroyed by fire expected to take 9 months

ENTERPRISE — City Administrator Michele Young sat at a plastic folding table Friday in a … Read more

Observer wins 7 awards at ONPA

Awards include firsts in Best Special Section, Best Editorial Page

The Observer newsroom brought home seven awards, including a pair of first-place awards, over the … Read more

Retired Air Force colonel, Elgin grad coming home

As a 16-year-old, Chris Luithly was determined to carry out his late uncle’s dream of … Read more

Nobody injured in Sunday morning hay fire

A Sunday morning hay fire on Highway 203 about two miles west of Hot Lake … Read more

Fire crews stay busy with Saturday fires

Lightning storm sparks three blazes in Hells Canyon area

ENTERPRISE — An early lightning storm Saturday started several fires in all three states that … Read more

Union City Council to meet Monday

UNION — The Union City Council will meet Monday. The meeting will start at 6 … Read more

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